LE CHIUSE 5, MONTALCINO, ITALY - TUSCANY
Tucked in among the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, Le Chiuse 5 used to serve as the farm’s chapel. Many original details remain, including the bricked-in and arched windows and the dark wood confessional door on the downstairs bedroom. The dining and living areas are combined with a wood-plank sleep loft area overhead. Steps from the kitchen area of the common space lead up to the open loft, which has generous headroom and is private but not noise proof. The bathroom is downstairs. The apartment also has a piano (untuned) guests can use.
This vacation rental is set on the Le Chiuse farm and vineyard. The site is surrounded by vineyards and the rolling hills of Tuscany. Next to the swimming pool is a comfortable outdoor seating area that is a favorite spot for guests to gather and relax before dinner, even if they aren't swimming. There are bikes on site for guests to use along with a bocce court and ping pong table. Guests may also use the old pizza and bread oven. The owners live off site but stop in to check on their guests, and the farm foreman is present on weekdays. Guests can buy wine, grappa and olive oil on site, including the farm’s own Brunello wine.
The farm is a 10-minute drive or a 40-minute hike (on a steep trail) up to Montalcino; the trail follows a section of the ancient Via Francigena used in the Middle Ages by pilgrims coming from Northern Europe to Rome. Siena and the Chianti Valley are among many easy day trips.
Other vacation rental properties on this site include Le Chiuse 1, Le Chiuse 2, Le Chiuse 3 and Le Chiuse 4. Check out this video of the Le Chiuse farm!
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SLEEPING2 bedrooms: 1 with dividable Italian queen bed, plus a lofted bedroom with a double bed (The loft has generous headroom, feels like a bedroom, but has an open side facing the kitchen area. It is private but not noise proof.)
BATHROOMS1 with shower stall
KITCHENFull kitchen facilities
LAUNDRYWasher and dryer on site, fee for use. Iron and ironing board available.
LEVELGround floor with two steps down into the apartment and steps up to loft
ACCESSIBILITYGround floor with backless wood stairs up to loft bedroom
TRANSPORTATION5-minute drive to the main road, 10 minutes to Montalcino, 35 minutes to Siena, 90 minutes to Florence
MINUSESDirt access road, dark bedroom, no screens in the living room
PLUSESAttractive grounds, lovely views, window screens, piano (untuned), the farm produces award-winning wine, grappa and olive oil, bikes for guest use, a bocce court and ping pong table on site, ceiling fan in living room, WiFi internet (no computer), air conditioning in living room
SPECIAL FEATURESSwimming pool, fireplace, piano (untuned) in apartment, ice machine in the common area, WiFi internet (no computer), ceiling fan in living room, air conditioning in living room
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What's included with the Italy - Tuscany Untour?
- One or two weeks in a farmhouse apartment, often on a working vineyard with stunning countryside views.
- Suggestions for booking your international flight from the U.S. to Florence, or we can purchase tickets on your behalf. (Click for more information on Untours' air policies.)
- Airport meeting upon your arrival (set arrival time only) and assistance with your rental car pick-up and transfer to your apartment. (Or detailed instructions that allow you to reach your apartment independently with ease.)
- Car rental, with unlimited mileage and basic insurance, for the duration of your Untour.
- An orientation with our acclaimed local staff person, who is full of excellent recommendations for your sight seeing, practical advice on driving and parking, and a listing of local events happening during your stay.
- A comprehensive driving map, local information, plus our own Untouring Tuscany guidebook, researched and written by Untours staff, full of the best restaurants, sightseeing, and other suggestions.
- A local cultural activity, like a luncheon and a guided tour of a local abbey.
- Use of an Untours cell phone while on location.
- A stash of groceries upon your arrival, so you don’t need to shop right away.
- Pre-trip planning advice from our staff, available by phone or email right up until you leave.
- Ongoing support with our local representative. Help available when you need it.
Landlord or Host for Le Chiuse 5, Montalcino, Italy - Tuscany
The owners of Le Chiuse farm, Simonetta and Nicolo, stop in on weekends to check on farm business and greet their guests, and their son Lorenzo spends a good bit of time on the farm. Lorenzo speaks excellent English. Guests on the farm have access to a telephone for emergencies. Our Tuscany Untour staff person is always available by cell phone if guests have problems or concerns.
Montalcino, Italy - Tuscany, Home of Le Chiuse 5
Montalcino is a beautiful hill town, sporadically populated in Etruscan times and permanently settled around 1000 AD. The town was important in medieval times and its thirteenth-century walls are still largely intact. Today Montalcino is known for the Brunello wine made in its surrounding farmlands. Its center is pedestrian-friendly and walkable. Its narrow streets are lined with shops, good restaurants, lively cafés and wine bars. It hosts an open-air market on Fridays and offers a museum of sacred art. Visitors to the town’s fourteenth-century fortress can climb its tower for a spectacular view of the countryside or sample local wines in its basement cantina. The town offers banks, ATMs, coffee bars, a grocery store and a good bakery.
Staying in the countryside outside Montalcino puts you in the heart of the Tuscan wine belt, in the shadow of countless wineries and an easy drive to Chianti country. Traditional farm life continues in Montalcino and the many beautiful hill towns that surround it. Here, artisans sell pottery, small restaurants create traditional Tuscan meals, and old parish churches hide stunning frescoes.
Montalcino is about 40 minutes south of Siena and an 90 minutes south of Florence.
Other day trips from Untours’ Tuscany vacation rental apartments include the historic hill towns of San Gimignano, Pienza, Montepulciano, and San Galgano; the Etruscan sites of Volterra, Chiusi, and Cortona; the natural beauty of Mt. Amiata and the coast; and the monasteries of Monte Oliveto and Sant’Antimo.
Customer comments about Le Chiuse 5, Montalcino, Italy - Tuscany
"We were totally charmed by our "chapel" apartment, and evenings with other Untours friends by the pool as the sun went down over the vinyards was memorable. And of course, there was a glass of brunello with us. Le Chuise was far beyond expectation -- beautiful and perfectly located." Gay Neale
"We were excited to have separate bedrooms, which were spacious. The apartment is charming and was a great place to meet up with the other guest at the pool to share your stories of your day's outings." Suzy Hammett
"The host, Nicolo and his family made us feel so welcome. He invited us all to a pizza party one night. He had an open brick oven and made everything himself! The hike up to the town of Montalcino was invigorating and had beautiful vistas along the way." Kerry & Ken Washburn
"Le Chiuse is a wonderful place to stay. The facilities met all our needs and we like being a little off the beaten path. That area is so beautiful. The view from the pool area is lovely." Margaret and Alberto Pena
"Our hosts invited all of the Untourists to their grape harvest party - wonderful experience.!" Byron & Barbara Webb
"The pool was a great way to meet others in the apartments - with wine and cheese in the late afternoon." Dorothy Congdon
"The best part was the location and beauty. Le Chiuse was a perfect spot to get to other places easily. Right in the heart of the region." Joan Roper
"Nicely furnished and decorated." Gordon & LInda McCutchan
"The view from the patio and pool was 10 ++!" S. Bloomer & R. Morrison
"We loved the apartment! Having a pool was a welcome treat at the end of a long, hot day." Andy & Claire Goyer
Ratings for Le Chiuse 5, Montalcino, Italy - Tuscany
|CREATURE COMFORT FEATURE||POSSIBLE POINTS|
|Modern Kitchen (oven, microwave, dishwasher, stovetop, modern ambience)||6||5|
|Phone (yes, limited, no)||2||2|
|Television (none, TV w/o cable, TV w/cable)||1||0|
|Attractiveness (décor, charm, windowboxes, antiques)||6||5|
|Bathroom (attractive, functional)||3||3|
|Furniture Comfort (comfortable chairs, etc.)||6||4|
|Outdoor amenties: Patio, Balcony, Swimming pool||6||6|
|Laundry facilities: (yes, limited, no)||1||1|
|Sleeping facilities comfort||4||4|
|Other factors not included above||1|
|LIVING LIKE A LOCAL FEATURE||POSSIBLE|
|Apartment Host Experience (positive experience)||8||6|
|Charm, Flavor, Sense of Place: the apartment and immediate surroundings||10||10|
|Charm, Flavor, Sense of Place: the neighborhood (if it is in a city or larger town) or the village (if it is in a country/rural Untour)||10||10|
|Distance to Transportation/Major Roads||6||5|
|Shopping (access to everyday supplies)||6||5|
|Well-Situated To See The Region or City||10||10|
An Explanation of the Ratings: The first column of figures is the highest score possible in each category. The column on the far right is the score for this particular apartment in this category. For this set of ratings, we have asked every Untour staff person who has seen the apartment to rate the individual features. Many of these staff people have been in a position to hear reports (good and bad) from customers over the years, so they offer a particularly well-informed perspective. Nevertheless, customer ratings will be included in the overall ratings as soon as possible.
Please keep in mind that tastes vary. These ratings give an overall sense of how most people feel about a factor; you are in the best position to know if your tastes and requirements are likely to be in the mainstream of opinion or if you have particular needs. If you have any questions about the meaning of any of the factors rated, or about this apartment, please call our office toll-free at 1-888-868-6871. You can nearly always talk directly with someone who has personally seen the accommodation.